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Some old Bohemian wives’ tales!

Take A Mulligan

May 19, 2019
By John Sheda , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Over the years, I've accumulated a lot of.........................well, stuff. Some good, some not so good, some true and some "ain't no way in the world, but today's column is dedicated to some of that....................well, stuff. Old Wives' Tales perhaps. Some make sense and some simply don't. You can judge for yourself. Here goes.....

Did you know that there are male and female peppers? The male peppers have three bumps on the bottom and the females have four bumps. Tis true..........or is it?

Anyway, the ones with three bumps are much sweeter, (of course), and better for eating, (yikes), while the four bumpers are much better for cooking. Is this true???

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How many of you like left-over cold pizza? I do but Deb doesn't. However she doesn't like putting it in the microwave as it comes our soft and just plain wimpy. She discovered heating the frying pan on the stove a little bit helped a lot. Warmed up the pizza and firmed up the crust. But be careful not to burn it. Trial and error on that one.

I'm certainly not a Master Gardner, (not even a minor one), but my mom used to put wet layers of newspaper around her plants and then cover with more mulch or dirt. The weeds I guess cannot read and therefore will not hardly even try to get through the newspapers. We had great carrots, corn, peas, etc and they were also quite educated. Har, har, har.

And speaking of plants, if you sprinkle some cayenne pepper around and over them, the little critters, (squirrels, rabbits, etc), will leave them alone.

Do you hate foggy windshields as much as I do? Grrrrrrr. But someone told me, (they really didn't but it sounds better), to buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the "cubby hole." When the windows in your car start to fog over, rub them with your eraser. Works much better than your hand.

Anyone remember "Cubby holes?" Not glove box or compartment but cubbyhole.

Here's a good one - when shaving your legs, use hair conditioner instead of shaving cream. It really works and your legs are much smoother. I've never tried it personally but a couple of my old golf geezers friends, (not any longer), says it works really well on them. I believe them.

It's gonna be mosquito season here in Iowa soon. I was told that if you put a dryer sheet in your pocket (it wards them off.) Mosquitos don't like the smell I guess. Let me know if this one works and yes, I certainly am going to try. I'll try any thing once.

Well, that's about enough "Wives' tales" one can handle this time.

Now, before I go, here is a baseball question for you:

There are about eight different ways a batter can legally reach first base. One of them is by simply getting a hit. What are the seven other ways???

Let me know at or call me at 319.327.4640. Bet you can't get all eight.



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